Side Return Extension Nottingham
What is a side return extension?
Side return extensions allow for good use of side alleyways or strips of unused land adjacent to the side of your property. Building and adding an extension down the side return and usually wasted space can indeed open up your property by a few metres. These types of home extensions are most popular in largely populated areas and mainly constructed and added to period properties like Victorian and Edwardian.
Depending on your rear garden size and available land, a side return can be combined with a rear extension to produce a wrap around extension, which can really open up your ground floor living space.
Side return conversions are an excellent way to extend your living spaces without compromising on the size of outdoor space. At one story, this extension might be a standalone room that can have any layout you wish for it as long as there is not already a bedroom in the area. A two-story conversion could create more bedrooms and provide extra storage or playroom options too; these would ordinarily take up valuable garden space which side returns bypass entirely!
Is a side return extension worth it?
Side return extensions are a great way to turn your dark and uninviting back rooms into something useful, creative and inviting. It's been said that the best place for an extension is on a side of the house where there isn't much going on - like at the rear or with small alleys off of it. This gives you plenty of room to make whatever kind of space you're looking for without taking up any more than what would have already been taken by these features anyway! A Side Return Extension can be combined with a single story rear extension as a wraparound extension which makes them more cost effective and is one way to expand upon your existing footprint in terms of overall size.
How much do side return extensions cost?
A traditional side return extension may seem like an expensive outlay at first, but when you take into account the costs of labour and the price materials that are inevitably included in any building work project of this size, it becomes a lot clearer and easier to contemplate why they cost so much. Once you are made aware of the complexity you might be surprised at how affordable a home extension can become. It also depends on your chosen design materials, structural changes and if you need to go down the route of acquiring planning permission from your local authority. So as you can see there a lots of variables to take into account before a firm price can be quoted. If you need advice or quotation then please feel free to call Nottingham House Extensions at anytime!
Putting aside the fact that there are so many factors to take into consideration that can alter the adjustment of the price of your proposed extension, you also need to take note that the price per square metre squared does not include internal works and renovations. This is a cost that needs to be factored in separately. Such as, an extension with a new fitted kitchen will cost a lot more to complete than an extension where the extra space created will be used as a living room or office space.
Do you need planning permission for a side return extension?
Any proposed Side return extension will most probably come under the permitted development ruling, as long as you keep to certain governing criteria. This includes extending beyond the side elevation in the original property, the constructed extension must satisfy some rules and strict regulations.
These rules are an addition to the standard criteria for a rear extension which will include such conditions as the new exterior of extension must be in similar appearance to that of the original build of the property. Other building requirements to watch out for are whether or not the existing property in question has previously been extended beforehand, as you cannot extend to more than half of the area around the original property.
Another important aspect to look into is whether or not you live in a designated area like a conservation area. if you happen to fall into this category it will most probably require planning permission. Houses with Victorian architecture are more likely to be located within one of these areas and therefore need granting approval before any work can commence on them. Speak directly with your local authority or architect for further information about what type of extension would suit your property best and avoid costly mistakes later!
To obtain a full list of permitted development rules and regulations then visit the planning portal website. Maybe you think that your proposed extension is within permitted development, if so, then you can pay your local council planning department for some pre-planning advice. For a reasonable fee, they will offer guidance and be able to suggest whether or not your home is indeed within the permitted development criteria, and also some changes and alterations to your plans to keep it all within permitted development.
If you are thinking about having a side return extension added to your home in the near future and need help with the architectural design, then we can fully recommend a panel of architects, should you be in need of their services beforehand.
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